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RT’s editor-in-chief slams new EU report as hypocritical and ‘free speech doublethink’

RT
2016-11-23 23:09:00

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For decades the EU has been lecturing Russia and touting freedom of speech as one of its core principles, but hypocritically dismissed it as an unnecessary luxury once their narrative was challenged, RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said.

« We of course are extremely disappointed, this is really outrageous, » Simonyan said on the subject of the EU’s so-called anti-Russia propaganda resolution. « We are disappointed at how easily the European establishment gives away its own principles. The principles that we’ve been hearing for ages. The principles about which Russia has been lectured for years, for decades. And now we see that this whole principle of freedom of speech is not really needed and looks scary to Europeans themselves. »

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Unlike the West, Russian economy continues to strengthen in October

Alexander Mercouris
The Duran
2016-11-24 20:41:00

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The Russian economy continues its slow rebound from recession in October, though the pace of recovery continues to be held back by the Central Bank’s harsh counter inflation strategy.

Russia’s economy continued to strengthen in October, with industrial output 5.8% higher than in September (the biggest rise since April) and inflation falling to an annual rate of 6.1% (below market expectations). Inflation at the end of November will probably be below 6%. Both manufacturing and services PMI were in positive territory 52.40 and 52.70 respectively).

Meanwhile Russia continues to be in line for a record grain harvest this year of around 106 million tonnes.

This reflects an across the board strengthening of the Russia’s whole agriculture sector, which is growing at an annual rate of around 3%.

Comment: And Russia is growing its gold reserves: Russia gold buying in October was biggest monthly allocation since 1998
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Tulsi Gabbard’s ‘screw the neocons’ meeting with Trump sparks outrage from neocons and media lapdogs

Philip Weiss
Mondo Weiss
2016-11-24 20:45:00

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During his round of interviewing potential job applicants, Donald Trump had one meeting with a Democratic politician: Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a leading antiwar figure, an Iraq war veteran and Bernie Sanders ally and former rising star in the party.

The Monday meeting is important because of what Gabbard said about foreign policy: screw the neoconservatives and dump the idea of regime change in Syria, which Hillary Clinton had supported. The meeting thus contains seeds of ideological convergence between the antiwar left and right. It has been read as misguided, tragic, or hopeful – depending on the observer’s point of view. Here’s a short tour.

First off, Gabbard filed her own report, titled « My meeting with Donald Trump. » She said the meeting was all about Syria; and she called out the neoconservatives and others advocating intervention.

This was an opportunity to advocate for peace — and I felt it was important to take the opportunity to meet with the President-elect to counteract neocons’ steady drumbeats of war, which threaten to drag us into an escalation of the war to overthrow the Syrian government.

This war has already cost hundreds of thousands of lives and forced millions of refugees to flee their homes in search of safety for themselves and their families. It has also strengthened al-Qaeda and other violent, extremist groups in the region. It would have been irresponsible not to accept this invitation. I feel it is my duty to take every single opportunity I get to advocate for peace, no matter the circumstances of those meetings.

I shared with him my grave concerns that escalating the war in Syria by implementing a so-called no fly/safe zone would be disastrous for the Syrian people, our country, and the world. It would lead to more death and suffering, exacerbate the refugee crisis, strengthen ISIS and al-Qaeda and bring us into a direct conflict with Russia – potentially resulting in a nuclear war. We discussed my bill to end our country’s illegal war to overthrow the Syrian government and the need to focus our precious resources on rebuilding our own country, and on defeating al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorist groups who pose a threat to the American people.

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French presidential candidate Fillon: France should restore relations with Russia and US, abandon « schizophrenic » policy towards Russia

Sputnik
2016-11-24 19:27:00

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The next president of France will face a serious challenge of restoring relations not only with Russia but also with the United States, Francois Fillon, the winner of the first round of The Republicans party primaries, said on Thursday.

« The next president will have a difficult task: to restart open and strong relationships not only with Russians but also with the Americans. We have grown distant from each other, but we need them on all the issues, » Fillon wrote in an article published in Le Monde newspaper.

He called on abandoning the « schizophrenic » policy toward Russia, consisting in imposing more and more sanctions against Moscow, while asking it for help to fight terrorism.

« The status of France demands it to conduct global and independent diplomacy. Our diplomacy, so hardheaded during the US invasion in Iraq in 2003, has become submissive. To Brussels. To the United States. To UNESCO, where we were unable to say « no » to a resolution, rewriting the historical reality of Jerusalem. And even, often to the Gulf states, whose influence on our national territory raises questions, » Fillon said.

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Mainstream media distorting the facts, turning realities upside down

Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research
2016-11-24 19:26:00

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The mainstream corporate media is desperate.

They want to suppress independent and alternative online media, which it categorizes as « fake news ».

Readers on social media are warned not to go onto certain sites.

The intent of this initiative is to smear honest reporting and Truth in Media.

Our analysis confirms that the mainstream media are routinely involved in distorting the facts and turning realities upside down.

They are the unspoken architects of « Fake News ».

One area of routine distortion is the use of fake videos and images by the mainstream media.

Four Notorious Cases of Media Distortion

These are four examples and there are many more. The manipulation of videos and images is routine. In some cases, they revealed by readers, independent media and social media. In most cases they go undetected. and when they are revealed, the media will say « sorry » we apologize: they will then point to technical errors. « we got the wrong video »

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Hypocritical EU resolution on Russian « propaganda » is attack on free speech and media freedoms

Danielle Ryan
RT
2016-11-24 18:46:00

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There’s news. There’s fake news. And then there’s « pseudo » news, which according to the European Parliament, encompasses any Russian media which doesn’t adhere to a Western narrative and neglects to present an entirely pro-EU perspective on world events.

In a completely bonkers move this week, the EU Parliament approved a resolution to counter « Russian propaganda » and the « intrusion of Russian media » into the EU. The resolution was adopted with 304 MEPs voting in favor, 179 MEPs voting against it and 208 abstaining. The most bizarre part, however, is that the resolution lumped Russian media in with Islamist propaganda of the kind spread by terror groups like the so-called Islamic State. Thus Russian media is put on the same level with videos of ISIS beheadings and incitements to mass murder.

Comment: Never mind that ISIS was and is funded and armed by covert Western intelligence agencies and the videos of ISIS beheadings are spread online via Western sources.

According to the resolution, Russian media exists to « undermine the very notion of objective information or ethical journalism, » and one of its methods is to cast all other information « as biased or as an instrument of political power. »

Comment: By all appearances, Russian media serves to undermine the US Empire and its use of media and information as an instrument of political power. That is why it is being targeted by the West.

The real hypocrisy here is that this last part almost exactly describes how Brussels regards any media critical of its own actions. The resolution criticizes channels like RT for casting other news sources as biased or as instruments of political power while smearing anyone who associates with the Russian media as Kremlin puppets, bought and paid for by Vladimir Putin — and yet the irony appears completely lost on them.

Comment: The West doesn’t seem to think very far ahead when they have their backroom strategy meetings. It has already been reported that the EU resolutions against Russia and Turkey will actually bring the two countries closer together, possibly as allies against the EU. There have been a number of EU lawmakers who have blasted the resolution against Russia, saying it could fuel a new Cold War and that the resolution was a sign of the collapse of Western civilization. The resolution itself actually garnered only 44% of the elected body’s representatives voting in favor, while 208 abstained, which could be a sign that many who abstained opposed the bill but must toe the party line by not voting against . All in all, it looks like this resolution is merely another attempt by the US Empire to try to steer public opinion into a more negative view of Russia. Those with two firing neurons will see this as just another desperate attempt to hold on to power which the Empire is rapidly losing.
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Royal Navy’s hi-tech destroyer breaks down in NATO wargame, towed back to port

RT
2016-11-24 00:01:00

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One of the Royal Navy’s cutting edge Type 45 destroyers had to be humiliatingly towed back to port just two days after setting off to take part in NATO exercises.

The HMS Duncan is believed to have suffered total propulsion failure, forcing it back into Plymouth harbor on Wednesday, according to the Telegraph.

The 4,500 ton hi-tech ship left Davenport naval base on Sunday to take part in naval exercises alongside Spanish, Portuguese and German warships.

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Dollar strengthens to 14-year high, almost evening it with euro

RT
2016-11-24 18:26:00

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The US dollar strengthened to a near 14-year high against its peers on Thursday on strong data from the world’s biggest economy.

The greenback reached $1.0523 against the euro before retreating to $1.0551. The Japanese yen fell to an eight-month low, while China’s yuan dropped to an eight and a half year low.

« There doesn’t seem to be anything stopping US yields going higher in the near-term so I think people are going to stay on the dollar trend, » State Street Global Markets’ head of global macro strategy, Michael Metcalfe told Reuters.

« The only risk to this are that the dislocations in markets outside of the US, particularly in emerging markets, get to a point where they start to feed back into concerns (for the Federal Reserve as it looks to raise interest rates), » he added.

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Putin’s purge of the liberals: Will Nikolai Patrushev be Russia’s next PM?

Filip Kovacevic
Newsbud
2016-11-21 18:16:00

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With the recent arrest of the Russian economy minister Aleksey Ulyukaev by the FSB, the Russian equivalent of the FBI, the president Vladimir Putin’s purge of the liberal faction within the Kremlin nomenklatura is now in the full public view.[1] This faction is headed by the Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev who succeeded Putin as the president from 2008 to 2012. It now appears that Medvedev is in danger of losing his position and perhaps, just like Ulyukaev, his freedom as well. In fact, the last month’s sudden cancellation of Medvedev’s trip to Serbia,[2] which at this time is the only (and hence very significant) official Russian ally in East-Central Europe, demonstrates that his authority is already seriously eroded.

Therefore, there are two questions that require a thorough investigation. First, why would Putin conduct the purge at this time (or at all)? And, secondly, if the purge of Medvedev does indeed take place, who will be his replacement?

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The 1% scheming to halt Brexit & bring back Tony Blair, leaked memo suggests

RT
2016-11-23 14:03:00

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Blairite millionaires, politicians and media tycoons are reportedly plotting to stop Brexit in its tracks, a leaked memo suggests. Virgin Group chief Sir Richard Branson is apparently bankrolling the scheme.

A memo leaked to the Independent suggests the plot has been underway for months, with financial backing secured and a potential CEO for the group identified.

The newspaper claims the information was found in an email penned by Tony Blair’s former health secretary and right-hand man Alan Milburn.

The document also reveals how Virgin made at least £25,000 (US$30,000) available to the as yet unnamed group, while PR firm Freuds is working on the campaign’s marketing.

Freuds hit the front pages earlier this year when allegations it had been orchestrating a « coup » against serving Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came to the fore.

A string of high-profile politicians, including one-time Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour backbencher Chuka Umunna, have been linked to the campaign. Millionaire musician-turned-philanthropist Bob Geldof is also meant to be involved.

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Russian MoD: US should get out of the way in Syria if they don’t want to fight terrorists

Sputnik
2016-11-24 18:22:00

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The Russian Defense Ministry commented on the US State Department’s calls not to help tankers shipping fuel to the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria. If Washington cannot or does not want to fight terrorists, it should not get in the way, the ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday.

US State Department’s spokesman Mark Toner urged other countries not to provide support for Russian tankers shipping fuel to the Russian aviation group in Syria.

« Such statements, unfortunately, only confirm our earlier estimates that fighting terrorism in Syria has never been on the outgoing administration’s agenda, » Konashenkov said.

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NATO & CIA on the Offensive: 2016 Spy War in the Balkans

Filip Kovacevic
Newsbud
2016-11-11 17:40:00

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Introduction

History has shown that intensive spy and covert activities by intelligence agencies in a given geographic region precede and precipitate dramatic political changes. Often, these changes involve violent confrontations and the wide-spread destruction of lives and property. Ordinary civilians suffer the most, while the external actors who direct spy and covert efforts and whose interests the changes represent profit handsomely. Their geopolitical influence expands while extensive natural and human resources come under their control. Just as they have selected those who started the war, they also select those who make the peace. Frequently, these are the same people.

This scenario was played out quite clearly in the wars following the Yugoslav break-up in the 1990s. Those who were in charge in the warring republics during the descent into chaos also led the newly-independent states for years after the fighting was over. This was done with the blessings of the Western political leadership and intelligence community.

The cynical guiding idea was that these leaders, old as they were, would soon die in one way or another (the ex-Serbian president Slobodan Milošević died in the Hague prison under suspicious circumstances), and would be replaced by more pliable, younger individuals.

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Anti-Trump hysteria: Orchestrated post election chaos, guided anarchy

Larry Chin
Global Research
2016-11-24 10:53:00

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America has never faced chaos of this nature in modern times: manufactured domestic political terrorism disguised as civil unrest, masking a coup.

This ongoing « post election coup » marked by engineered « protest movements » and corporate media propaganda constitutes a treasonous direct attack on American democracy guided by Democratic Party operatives and various influential corporate fronts supportive of Hillary Clinton.

The goals appear to be immediate as well as long-term:

1. Whip up anti-Donald Trump hysteria

2. Reverse the election win of Trump?

3. Install Hillary Clinton or face violence?

4. Threaten and destroy Trump and his administration proactively and presumptively

5. Intimidate Trump supporters, Bernie Sanders progressives, third party supporters and non-partisans

6. False flag events and false flag acts may be envisaged. Violence carried out by neoliberal operatives are attributed to Trump supporters, so that they become targets for further violence

7. Eventually Push for the impeachment of Trump if he manages to take office

8. Trigger social conflict/ political divisions (civil war) and exploitable chaos

Just as the global « war on terrorism » is treason disguised as « freedom fighting » and « the defense of liberty », this war against Trump, the « new Hitler » and his fascism/racism/misogyny/xenophobia disguises a domestic terror agenda by the protagonists of the New World Order,who are applying techniques reminiscent of the Third Reich, from Brownshirt-style violence to insidious propaganda and mass mind control.

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Fake News: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer looks like a fool continually asking stupid « neo-nazi » questions to this guest

Alex Christoforou
The Duran
2016-11-24 00:00:00

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Sean Spicer blasts Wolf Blitzer who cannot stop pushing the neo-nazi Trump idiocy: ‘You’ve Asked Me Eight Times!’

Want to know why people do not trust the media and are sick of CNN…watch the video below.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer is literally stuck in his mind, or his teleprompter broke down.

Who knows what is going on, but Blitzer looks like a total fool and amateur, continually pressing the false narrative that Trump « is supported by alt-right neo-nazis. »

Sean Spicer blasts Blitzer, and rightly so…

« You’ve asked me eight times, the same question! I’ve told you what his position is. That’s not his focus! His focus is making this country better for all Americans, creating a better country, creating a better education system for all Americans, rebuilding our inner cities. That’s what his focus is. »

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John Bolton: « EU is incapable of creating its own centralized military force »

RT
2016-11-24 00:00:00

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The prospect of a real and operational EU army would have a poisonous effect on NATO, according to John Bolton, former US ambassador to the UN and current contender for the role of secretary of state.

« Over the course of the last 20 years, you’ve seen this idea [of a European army] appear over and over again, » Bolton said during an appearance on Breitbart News Daily radio on Wednesday. He was commenting on the recent push by the EU Parliament to pave the way for a European Defense Union, or, more plainly, a standing EU army.

« If they actually got to the point of achieving [a true EU military capability] – that would be a dagger pointed at the heart of NATO, » Bolton said.

The EU Parliament passed a non-binding resolution calling for the creation of a defense union on Tuesday, justifying the move by the threats it says the bloc is facing.

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Society’s Child

The gender identity concept came from a pedophile and human experimenter

Alex B. Gavin
The American Revenant
2016-11-21 21:33:00

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The modern progressive will promote the idea that we have to tolerate everyone. This is increasingly harmful to people with mental illness. One group in specific, in many cases, are the transgendered. Anyone that promotes a different solution to their issues is labeled a bigot, a transphobe without listening to their arguments or objective medical information.

To understand more about the root of this problem, we should go back to the origin of the idea of gender identity.

The idea started with a sexologist in 1955 named John Money. The concept of gender identity is: what you think you are socially is more important than what you are from a standpoint which balances social and personal views. One problem that stems from this idea is the belief that there are no meaningful differences between the terms « sex » and « gender ». John Money had different ideas. He proposed that if a boy were raised as a girl they would fundamentally be female, and there are no intrinsic differences between the sexes — contrary to biology.

Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: « XY » and « XX » are genetic markers of male and female, respectively – not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species. This principle is self-evident. The exceedingly rare disorders of sex development (DSDs), including but not limited to testicular feminization and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, are all medically identifiable deviations from the sexual binary norm, and are rightly recognized as disorders of human design. Individuals with DSDs do not constitute a third sex. — The American College of Pediatricians

He could not shill his ideas to anyone until he found a boy by the name of David Reimer. Shortly after birth, Reimer had lost his genitalia following an accident during his foreskin removal surgery. He decided to swoop in and perform some « progressive » human social experimentation on this helpless child who had just been mutilated. He had Reimer’s testicles also removed, and constructed an artificial vagina for him.

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Thanksgiving tradition turns deadly: 2 dead, 4 injured in shooting at crowded park in Kentucky

RT
2016-11-24 21:39:00

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Two people have died following a shooting at a crowded park in Louisville, Kentucky, during an annual Thanksgiving series of youth football games.

The fatal shootings took place at Shawnee Park in Louisville, which had been hosting the annual « Juice Bowl », a Thanksgiving tradition that goes back decades.

The shots were first reported at 1:51pm local time. Louisville Metro Police Department confirmed that two men were killed and four more people have been left injured.

Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell revealed to reporters that the four survivors suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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‘Welfare check’ on innocent 58yo man raided by tactical police, assaulted, flashbanged and kidnapped for 3 days

John W. Whitehead
Rutherford Institute
2016-11-24 21:19:00

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Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have identified eight members of a tactical police squad in an amended complaint to a lawsuit against Virginia police over a « welfare check » on a 58-year-old man that resulted in a two-hour, SWAT team-style raid on the man’s truck and a 72-hour mental health hold.

In documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Rutherford Institute attorneys named specific members of the Albemarle County Police Department tactical team who were previously identified only as « John Does » because of the County’s resistance to Freedom of Information Act requests.

As the November 2015 lawsuit makes clear, despite the fact that police acknowledged they had no legal basis nor probable cause for detaining Benjamin Burruss, given that he had not threatened to harm anyone, was not suspected of any criminal activity, and was not mentally ill, a police tactical team confronted Burruss, surrounded his truck, deployed a « stinger » device behind the rear tires, launched a flash grenade, smashed the side window in order to drag him from the truck, handcuffed and searched him, and transported him to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and mental health hold.

Affiliate attorney Michael Winget-Hernandez is assisting The Rutherford Institute with the lawsuit, which charges police with violating the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments as well as state law.

Comment: This is outrageous police behavior checking on someone’s welfare. Hope the victim wins the lawsuit.
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Thought Control: Group creates ‘Professor Watchlist’ to expose professors who espouse « leftist propaganda » and « promote anti-American values »

Colleen Flaherty
Inside Higher Ed
2016-11-22 21:09:00

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A new website is asking students and others to « expose and document » professors who « discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom. »

The site, called Professor Watchlist, is not without precedent — predecessors include the now-defunct NoIndoctrination.org, which logged accounts of alleged bias in the classroom. There’s also David Horowitz’s 2006 book, The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America. But such efforts arguably have new meaning in an era of talk about registering certain social groups and concerns about free speech.

At the same time, the new list has attracted Twitter jokesters under the hashtag #trollprofwatchlist, with complaints about Indiana Jones, Professor Plum of « Clue University, » and Gilderoy Lockhart from Harry Potter‘s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, among others.

Professor Watchlist, launched Monday, is a project of Turning Point USA. The group’s mission is to « identify, educate, train and organize students to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets and limited government. »

Its national college and university field program works to « identify young conservative activists, build and maintain effective student groups, advertise and rebrand conservative values, engage in face-to-face and peer-to-peer conversations about the pressing issues facing our country, » according to its website.

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World Bank: 90% of Gaza has no safe drinking water, all water could be unusable by 2020

Sputnik
2016-11-24 20:11:00

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Ninety percent of Gaza has no safe drinking water and by 2020, none of the water in the blockaded enclave will be usable if nothing is done, the World Bank said this week.

This was not always the case. As recently as the late 1990s, tap water in Gaza was safe to drink, World Bank Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist Adnan Ghosheh said in his statement on the World Bank website this week. But since then, so much water has been pumped from the natural aquifer underneath Gaza that seawater has seeped in, spoiling the water and making it too salty for drinking.

Gaza’s nearly 2 million residents, therefore, rely on about 150 water truck operators selling desalinated filtered drinking water. However, « It’s more expensive and not an improved source of water, according to our definitions of water clean enough to drink, » Ghosheh said.

And while salty water may suffice for some household necessities, it’s hardly among the comforts of a Gaza home. « The water we have, when it’s on, it’s not clean; it’s undrinkable. It hurts the eyes because of the high salinity, » Nahed Radwan, a Gaza resident, told Al Jazeera in a report over the summer. Radwan said her taps are usually running once a week for two days.

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Italian region bans unvaccinated children from nurseries

RT
2016-11-24 18:42:00

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The Italian region of Emilia-Romagna has approved a law that prevents parents from leaving their children at day care facilities if the youngsters haven’t been vaccinated, local media report.

The law was passed by the regional Legislative Assembly with a majority of 27 votes in favor on Wednesday. The five votes against the initiative came from the Five Star Movement, while 10 lawmakers abstained.

The new legislation applies to children aged 0-3 and covers vaccines dealing with diphtheria, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, and hepatitis B.

« The law is designed to protect public health in our community, especially of the most vulnerable children, who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons, weak immune system or severe chronic conditions and thus are more exposed to infections, »the region’s president, Stefano Bonaccini, said after the vote, according Italian newspaper Il Giornale.

« We are the first in Italy to adopt this measure, paving the way for other regions intending to do the same, » Bonaccini added.

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Thai prosecutors charge influential Buddhist monk over money laundering

Yahoo! News
2016-11-24 18:05:00

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Thailand’s attorney general said on Wednesday it would charge the abbot of a powerful Buddhist sect and four others suspected of money laundering in the latest twist of a long-running saga that has divided Thai Buddhism.

Police in the predominantly Buddhist country have tried several times to arrest Phra Dhammachayo, abbot of Wat Phra Dhammakaya, a futuristic-looking monastery located some 50 km (30 miles) north of Bangkok.

« Prosecutors have agreed to charge Phra Dhammachayao of Dhammakaya temple on charges of conspiracy to launder money, money laundering and receiving stolen goods, » Somnuek Siangkong, spokesman of the Office of the Attorney General, told Reuters.

Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation in 2015 summoned Phra Dhammachayo for questioning after his temple was accused of receiving more than 1 billion baht ($28 million) of embezzled funds.

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‘NATO out from Sardinia!’ Anti-war activists clash with police at Italian base training facility (VIDEO)

RT
2016-11-24 10:38:00

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Hundreds of anti-war activists have clashed with security forces during a protest at the Capo Frasca NATO military base in Sardinia, Italy.

Video footage shows dozens of protesters trying to enter the base by cutting the fence, with the aim of halting the military drills being carried out there. Demonstrators threw stones at police, who attempted to block them by firing tear gas and using batons, Ruptly reported.

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Video destroys false hysteria around Trump created by the radical alt-left

Alex Christoforou
The Duran
2016-11-23 16:47:00

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Please don’t buy into the left’s hysteria about Trump.

Is it not odd that Donald Trump only became a racist when he ran for US President as a Republican.

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Social Justice Warriors convince young children they’re ‘born racist’

Paul Sperry
New York Post
2016-07-01 16:42:00

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An elite Manhattan school is teaching white students as young as 6 that they’re born racist and should feel guilty benefiting from « white privilege, » while heaping praise and cupcakes on their black peers.

Administrators at the Bank Street School for Children on the Upper West Side claim it’s a novel approach to fighting discrimination, and that several other private New York schools are doing it, but even liberal parents aren’t buying it.

They complain the K-8 school of 430 kids is separating whites in classes where they’re made to feel awful about their « whiteness, » and all the « kids of color » in other rooms where they’re taught to feel proud about their race and are rewarded with treats and other privileges.

« Ever since Ferguson, the school has been increasing anti-white propaganda in its curriculum, » said a parent who requested anonymity because he has children currently enrolled in the school.

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Bank Street has created a « dedicated space » in the school for « kids of color, » where they’re « embraced » by minority instructors and encouraged to « voice their feelings » and « share experiences about being a kid of color, » according to school presentation slides obtained by The Post.

Meanwhile, white kids are herded into separate classrooms and taught to raise their « awareness of the prevalence of Whiteness and privilege, » challenge « notions of colorblindness (and) assumptions of ‘normal,’ ‘good,’ and ‘American' » and « understand and own European ancestry and see the tie to privilege. »

The same slides point out that a number of leading private schools across the country also have segregated students by « race-based affinity groups. » It lists several in New York, including Riverdale Country School, Brooklyn Friends School, The Cathedral School, The Calhoun School, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School.

Comment: While institutional racism does exist, it seems this radical leftist ideology is traumatizing innocent children and presenting a really twisted view of reality.

For more on what people can do in order to fight the good fight without engaging in radical politics that alienate and traumatize others check this out: Message to Millennials: How to Change the World – Properly (VIDEO)

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Thanksgiving in North Dakota: Native Americans are being beaten, gassed, & shot

Claire Bernish
The Free Thought Project
2016-11-24 16:46:00

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While most of America will spend hours with family preparing a feast of Thanksgiving, reflecting with gratitude on blessings bestowed over the years, those original to this land have a less idyllic perspective on this holiday — one steeped in the déjà vu of historical context playing out in a battle for clean water.

For the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the peaceful fight to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline isn’t environmental activism; it’s preservation of life, protection of a living entity — the Missouri River and Lake Oahe reservoir — as real as flesh, or plant, or animal. Opposing a potential threat of oil contamination to that water would never be a question — the Missouri has sustained generations and must sustain those to come.

But these water protectors wage this prayerful campaign of preservation with centuries of exploitation, brutalization, and genocide crisp in memory — both centuries old and as recent as Sunday night, when State agents chose the ironic weapon of water to devalue the lives of anyone daring to protect the water from careless corporate greed.

On Sunday, an attempt to clear an obstruction blocking the primary access point to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation — the fastest route for emergency services — sparked a barbarous assault by a multi-state, inappropriately-militarized police force.

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‘Pressure cooker’ scare deploys bomb squad and street closure in Vancouver, BC

RT
2016-11-24 04:33:00

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Police closed off a street in Vancouver and deployed a bomb squad after discovering what appeared to be a pressure cooker in the area, local media reported.

Sgt. Brian Montague said the item appeared to be a pressure cooker but was not deemed dangerous by the Vancouver Police Department Explosives Disposal Unit after an examination and x-ray of the item, local news outlet CKNW reported.

The cooker was determined to be empty and posed no risk to the public. Police are currently working to determine who left the pressure cooker on the street, and why.

Discovery of the item led to the 1200 block of West Broadway being closed and evacuated, according to CBC reporter Tanya Fletcher. Footage posted online showed police vehicles blocking the street while barricades were erected. The street was later re-opened, according to local media reports.

Comment: Who leaves a random empty pressure cooker laying around a city street? Was someone testing the system?
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Navy security breach: Private data of 130K US sailors exposed

RT
2016-11-24 03:54:00

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The names and social security numbers of over 130,000 current and former US sailors were compromised when a laptop belonging to a Hewlett Packard employee working as a contractor was breached, the Navy revealed. « Oct. 27, 2016, the Navy was notified by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services (HPES) that one of the company’s laptops operated by their employee supporting a Navy contract was reported as compromised, » the Navy said in a statement.

Making the announcement of the breach on Wednesday, the Navy said that the perpetrator has managed to get a hold of sensitive information, including the names and Social Security numbers of 134,386 current and former sailors. The Navy Criminal Investigative Service is now running an investigation into the breach. So far the probe has failed to find any evidence that could suggest misuse of the information that was compromised.

« The Navy takes this incident extremely seriously – this is a matter of trust for our Sailors, » Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke said in a statement. « We are in the early stages of investigating and are working quickly to identify and take care of those affected by this breach. » The government promised to notify the affected sailors in the coming weeks and is now reviewing credit monitoring service options for affected individuals.

According to the Navy Times, this is the second major reported breach involving the Navy and Hewlett-Packard. In 2013, it was reported that Iran managed to gain access to the unclassified Navy and Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) developed by HP in 2000.

Comment: Another report mentioning the 2013 hacking incident says Iran was blamed (proven?) for a series of cyber attacks launched at Navy computers, only learned of a year later after a private contractor uncovered the theft. What does this say about the Navy’s security and how does this reflect on the vulnerability of those in service?
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Reddit’s Pizzagate page banned

Ryan Banister
The Daily Sheeple
2016-11-24 15:39:00

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A Reddit page has been taken down in relation to what is now known as « #Pizzagate », which is a series of emails released by Wikileaks in the Podesta leak that are thought to reveal an encoded use of words related to foods, like « pizza » and « hot dogs, » which many have reasonably suspect has to do with a pedophile sex ring. This follows on the heels a DMCA takedown notice sent to TheDailySheeple.com, leading to the entire website being taken down for multiple hours on Monday, November 21 pertaining to an article detailing the #Pizzagate emails.

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Reddit CEO says he modified pro-Trump posts on The Donald subreddit after closing down #pizzagate discussion

RT
2016-11-24 15:42:00

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The CEO of user-generated news aggregator Reddit has admitted he modified posts on the most-visited Donald Trump community page of the discussion site after its users insulted him.

The controversy kicked off earlier this week after the New York Times countered unfounded ‘fake news’ claims that a Washington, DC, pizza restaurant was home to a child abuse ring allegedly run by Hillary Clinton and her campaign head John Podesta.

There was no evidence to support the claims, but the allegations became viral – on Reddit, too, with the ‘r/Pizzagate’community gaining momentum.

That’s when Reddit intervened by shutting down the related ‘subreddit’ and posting, « We don’t want witchhunts on our site. »

Comment: True, there is no hard evidence of a pedophile ring. But there is a whole lot of evidence that the people involved are not paragons of virtue, to put it mildly: Progressive liberal values: Tony Podesta’s creepy taste in art, the creepy people he hangs out with, and Pizzagate

Not everyone was satisfied with the step, though. The ‘r/The_Donald’community was outraged and began leaving insulting comments for Reddit CEO Steve Huffman, using his Reddit username ‘u/spez’ to ensure he received notifications of their messages.

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Secret History

The Thanksgiving myth: Reflecting on land theft, betrayal, brutality & genocide

Sarah Sunshine Manning
truth-out.org
2015-11-25 01:25:00

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As Thanksgiving approaches, many schools throughout the U.S. are making preparations for the standard, and all too cliché, Thanksgiving Day lessons, and fairy tale-esque Thanksgiving plays.

And more often than not, the school Thanksgiving activities are largely based on what ultimately amounts to myth, created to serve the imaginations of the dominant society, and simultaneously functioning to erase the tragedies of Indigenous nations.

The myth usually goes a little something like this:

Pilgrims came to America, in order to escape religious persecution in England. Living conditions proved difficult in the New World, but thanks to the friendly Indian, Squanto, the pilgrims learned to grow corn, and survive in unfamiliar lands. It wasn’t long before the Indians and the pilgrims became good friends. To celebrate their friendship and abundant harvest, Indians in feathered headbands joined together with the pilgrims and shared in a friendly feast of turkey and togetherness. Happy Thanksgiving. The End.

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Science & Technology

New study suggests Earth’s surface ‘vaporized’ from asteroid impact that killed off dinosaurs

RT
2016-11-24 14:58:00

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The asteroid that annihilated the dinosaurs and « reset the clock » for life on Earth could not have done the job without first liquefying the planet’s surface, a new study found. Lead researcher and geophysicist Sean Gulick spoke to RT.

The scientific consensus has been for some time that about 66 million years ago, Earth changed forever. But exactly how is still being learned, and new research from the University of Texas at Austin goes as far as to alter « clues into the origin of life on earth, » Sean Gulick, a research professor at the Jackson School of Geosciences’ Institute for Geophysics, told RT’s Manila Chan.

Not only was the sun blocked out by the earth’s atmosphere and 75 percent of all life extinguished following an asteroid collision, but the earth’s surface at the site of the impact « was vaporized. »

« And then a bit below that was ejected, » Gulick said. « But the material below that then started behaving, we think, much like a slow-moving fluid. »

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Paying attention: Your dog remembers what you did

Claudia Fugazza, Ákos Pogány, and Ádám Miklós
Cell Press
2016-11-23 14:32:00

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People have a remarkable ability to remember and recall events from the past, even when those events didn’t hold any particular importance at the time they occurred. Now, researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology on November 23 have evidence that dogs have that kind of « episodic memory » too.

The study found that dogs can recall a person’s complex actions even when they don’t expect to have their memory tested.

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